2009-07-24 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Got Fish?! Got Fish?! Some big stripers are still lingering around the Breezy Point inlet. Monday morning Ilea landed a hefty forty-one pounder aboard the Karen Ann.

The fish was caught using live bait - I know because yours truly was at the helm. The previous tides leading up to this new moon saw some respectable bass caught - some released on the morning and evening tides. The bite was so good the Jersey boats came over to try their luck.

Bluefish also returned to the back bay, no doubt following the bunker schools arriving and surfacing most mornings right around dawn. Easy enough to locate, just look for the pods of bait erupting on the surface. These are aggressive fish and will also hit lures, poppers and the like as well. Among them is the occasional striper still foraging in the bay. Charles Park wouldn't be a bad place to peek.

Returning to the subject of bass down the beach east of Breezy schools of stripers surfaced most of the week along the east bar and down toward Fort Tilden, you guessed it, follow the birds. Fly rodders and light tackle buffs got their licks in playing run and gun as they pursued the fish. Bottom species also made a showing with porgies, sea bass, trigger fish and fluke all added to the summer smorgasbord for anglers. It's not a bad time to be hitting the water.

Along the bridge pilings and shallows blue claw crabs have made a showing easily seen as they double up on this moon. Another bright note has been the sight of small bunker "peanut bunker" as those in the life call em'.

Down toward Debbs Inlet and east to Fire Island a similar situation seems to be occurring - bunker schools off the beach with some bass among them.

South offshore to the Glory Hole small bluefin tuna are being caught mostly on the troll. Well with the season well underway it looks like we may even get a fall run if this baitfish hangs around. UNTIL THE NEXT TIDE …

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